Obesity rates among monks are as high as 48 per cent, with 42 per cent suffering from high blood pressure. Photo: AFP

A health crisis is brewing among Thailand’s monks, fuelled by the junk food offerings of Buddhist devotees

  • Thais seeking to earn merit and honour their ancestors often provide food to monks on their daily rounds but they can be generous to a fault
  • Heavy curries, sugary sweets, sodas and salty snacks are among the array of sumptuous – and unhealthy – alms
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Obesity rates among monks are as high as 48 per cent, with 42 per cent suffering from high blood pressure. Photo: AFP
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